Monday, June 27, 2016

Our New Duffels

Abby and I are going to St. Louis, Missouri this Thursday on a mission trip with our youth group and besides the shopping everything has been done and I literally don't think I can wait to get there! 

Yesterday after church we went to the flea market to get some duffel bags and I just have to share them with you! It took me awhile to choose mine and my mom and Abby really suffered from my lack of the ability to choose one of the cute bags since it was like 90 something degrees outside with humidity. I did feel bad when I made them go back to the little booth to get a different bag from the one I had originally chosen... 

I ended up choosing a blue duffel with white seahorses on it and Abby chose the black and pink chevron one.

 My sign language teacher has a monogrammer and I'm going to see if she can do it for me right on the front. I think black would look the best, don't you?

This bag cost $20 at our local flea market here in mobile. It has a total of four pockets and is 22 inches long. The patterns were amazing and I really did have a battle with myself over which one to get!

You guys can come back on Wednesday to see what I'm bringing to St. Louis and how I end up packing this new bag.
 Love you guys!

XO AnnaD

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Who's Anna Grace? Summer Reads 2016

Summertime is a great time to read. Open up a book and get to it. I have 20 books for y'all to try so go on to the library and check some out.

20 books! Some that I've read, some that I haven't. If you see a star next to a title it means I have not read the book.

Let me know if you've read any of these books or have anymore books for my next book list. Alright, time to get started!

20 Summer Reads 2016

1. Matched by Ally Condie
2. On The Fence by Kasie West
3. Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
4. Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer
5. Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer (check out the book before this called Short Straw Bride!)
6. The Giver by Lois Lowery
7. * Cinder by Marissa Meyer
8. Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
9. Legend by Marie Lu
10. A Daughter's Inheritance by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
11. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
12. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
13. The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
14. * Once Upon A Kiss by Robin Palmer
15. * Graceful by Wendy Mass
16. Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckly
17. * The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
18. * This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
19. * When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
20. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

I'm looking forward to reading the books that I haven't yet and I hope you are too. Reading is amazing and I don't think it should ever be considered a chore so try not to make it seem like one. Every single book on this list is a wonderful read, so do not doubt the fact that you could pick up any one of these books and enjoy it.

Almost all these books are great for ages 11+, but some are heavier and harder to comprehend than others so I have picked those out. I would recommend The Circle, A Daughter's Inheritance, Song Of My Heart, and possibly This Present Darkness (I haven't read it, so I don't know for sure) for the ages 12+. I recommend The Maze Runner and Legend for 13+.

Read books and stay happy!

XO AnnaD

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tissue Paper Banner Tutorial

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome back to Who's Anna Grace! I'm so happy to have you here!

Tissue paper banners are great for decorations because you can do so much with them. They are super easy to make and also a ton of fun. Let's get to it!

What you will need:
  • Tissue paper (three or more colors)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ribbon, string, etc. 

Fold over the piece of tissue paper in half then cut it down the middle.
Cut about 1/2 to 3/4 inch strips up to the fold. Leave a 1 1/2 inch space at the top.
Open up the fold and scrunch up the paper.
Twist the scrunched paper. 
Fold it in half again and tape the bottom half of the loop. Then you have the loop to put the string through. 
Make about 10 or 15 of them and string onto the ribbon. Tape up and you're finished! Have fun with it and be sure to share!

Shout out to Lexi for her help making this tutorial!

XO AnnaD

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Abby's 16th Birthday

Abby's 16th birthday is tomorrow! Because it's such a special day Maribeth and I are surprising her with a scavenger hunt at the mall. 

We've planned out the whole day and everything seems to be in place except for one thing... the disposable cameras. Curse the things. I have looked everywhere online that I would think sells disposable cameras and the cheapest one I found was around $8! 

What irritates me is that I remember saving up my money when I was little to go and buy disposable cameras just to play with. At the that time they were $1!

I'm going to go to Walmart and Target to see if their online prices are subject to change and hopefully grab a couple. In my opinion, doing the scavenger hunt with the cameras will be more fun than without them.

When we were looking for ideas for 16th birthday parties, I could not find anything! I finally came across something along the lines of this scavenger hunt and decided to use that idea. If you are looking for ideas for your 16th please continue to read. Feel free to alter this layout to fit your mall and however else you wish to as well.

Our plan is to bring Abby to the mall and take pictures as we shop, hang out, and eat! We have a list of specific things we want her to take pictures of so that we have a little adventure. The list:

  1. A Bikini
  2. Chocolate
  3. Escalator
  4. Cute outfit
  5. Pink
  6. Cow
  7. Perfume
  8. Store That is Closed
  9. Starbucks Drink
  10. Flowers
  11. Sunglasses
  12. Something Purple
  13. Vending Machine
  14. Tokens
  15. Cookie
  16. Group Picture
We're so excited, and we can barely wait to get to the mall! I sincerely hope this outline helps you with your 16th or even a friends. If you guys have any other ideas, I could totally use them for my 16th, regardless of the fact that it's in two years :) 

XO AnnaD

Friday, June 3, 2016

How to Deal with Braces

To be honest, I never thought I'd be posting about this. I did have braces for around a year when I was little, but up until now that was my only experience with braces. WAS.

Two days I got braces put on to start a two year process of fixing my open bite. An open bite is when your teeth do not touch in the front because your jaw hates you. No, I'm just kidding. An open bite is when your teeth do not touch in the front because of the position of your jaw.

I got braces put on a couple days ago to start fixing that and good golly, it's been pretty horrible! I know the soreness will go away, but I still feel like my teeth could fall out with one bite of pizza! It's the first few days that hurt the most according to the orthodontist and I'm praying that the discomfort will be gone tomorrow.

I thought that because right now, in the middle of the worst days with braces, I should post because I don't want to accidentally lie about anything that brought me comfort or discomfort. You all should know the truth and I am willing to give it to you! Please share with me any tips or easy tricks you may have to deal with braces by sending me an email at!


As a person who loves food, this has been the hardest part. Almost everything I've eaten has been painful and uncomfortable because of the discomfort I already have. I couldn't even eat my bacon this morning!

Just so you all know, don't eat anything that's not soft because I promise you it will not be fun. You should eat ice cream and other cold things along those lines, it will help, just make sure not to have anything that you will have to chew in with those cold things. Eating hot foods doesn't hurt either, I've been eating oatmeal, grits, soup, etc and it's been the same experience as the cold foods.


The dentist should give you wax to cover the braces with when ulcers and discomfort appear. The wax will help if you can get it to stay on. The area around the braces has to be pretty dry to make the wax stick and stay. I used a small makeup sponge to dry the area and it worked like a charm.


The first day, all I did was use mouthwash because my teeth couldn't take the pressure of an actual toothbrush. Today I did lightly brush my teeth and it was okay. I believe that not brushing your teeth for a day or two is fine, the only thing is, it's pretty gross especially because a ton of food will get stuck in your braces. Maybe use a small brush or just use mouthwash. Eating mints would help as well.


I've been using Anbesol for the ulcers and just regular ibuprofen for the pain. The Anbesol works great, but it the effects fade quickly. Ibuprofen is probably your best bet. 

I hope this helps you deal with your braces when you get them or need some tips! I love you all! 

XO AnnaD